When you’re not sure what to expect when you arrive, 17,000 kilometres is a long way to travel. In 1951 Nieske Besselink decided she would not marry her fiancé Jan Hoogenhout until she knew what awaited her on the other side of the world in Ulverstone, Tasmania – in case she didn’t like it and decided to return home to the Netherlands. Nieske and Jan’s children, Eddie, John and Ineke, certainly feel relieved that Nieske didn’t change her mind. ‘They made the right decision to come here,’ says Eddie, their youngest son.

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